Around the county in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.
St. Petersburg Catholic
Last season: 3-7
Coach: Tod Creneti (second season, 3-7)
Key losses: RB/LB A.J. Butler, OL/DL Adam Condron, RB Courtney Feazell, WR/DL Darin Hess, WR/DB Nick Hess, QB Kevin Tapp
Who's back: RB/DB Keelyan Bryant, OL/DL Jon Halapio, OL/DL Kyle Kelso, WR/DB Quinn Lyons, RB/LB Austin Plummer, WR/DB Julian Smith, RB/DL Jakobi Wheeler
What's new: The Barons lose their starting backfield but still have playmakers in Bryant, Smith and Wheeler. Bryant scored two touchdowns against St. Petersburg last week. Smith sat out after breaking his arm in a motor scooter accident but should be ready by the fall. … The running backs should have room to run behind Halapio, who has committed to Florida. … The Barons have to shore up a defense that gave up more than 20 points in nine of their 10 games last season.
Audible: "We want to be competitive in our games, especially the district ones, and have the chance to compete for a playoff spot." — Creneti
Did you know?: St. Petersburg Catholic has served two years of a three-year postseason ban for recruiting and illegal practices. The school plans to appeal the final year of the Florida High School Athletic Association's ban on June 12 in Jacksonville. If the Barons had been eligible, they would have made the playoffs last season.
Spring result: Lost to St. Petersburg 59-13
Bob Putnam, Times staff writer
Sept. 5 at Orlando Lake Highland Prep
Sept. 12 at Jacksonville Trinity Christian
Sept. 19 vs. Jesuit
Sept. 26 vs. Lennard
Oct. 3 at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney
Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Catholic
Oct. 17 at CC Catholic
Oct. 24 at Fort Myers Bishop Verot
Oct. 31 vs. Mulberry
Nov. 7 at Lake Placid